Saul Bass at the Movies August 22, 2013 – Posted in: graphic design, posters
“The Man with the Golden Arm” (Otto Preminger, 1955). Based on the novel by Nelson Algren.
Film.com recently paid tribute to legendary graphic designer Saul Bass by featuring the graphic work he did for the movies.
Remembered for his incredible skill and seemingly unending creativity, a man who cared deeply about making things beautiful, even if no one else did. His work exists as a testament to the idea that good design can exist even in the most monetarily concerned places. From the late 1940’s until the early 1990’s, he created more than a dozen campaigns for films, with an even higher number dedicated to title sequences.
Here is a selection of his posters for films with bookish origins:
“Storm Center” (Daniel Taradash, 1956). A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves. Some say best film featuring a librarian ever made.
“Saint Joan” (Otto Preminger, 1957) film adapted from the George Bernard Shaw play
“Love in the Afternoon” (Billy Wilder, 1957) based on the Claude Anet novel Ariane, jeune fille russe (trans., Ariane, Young Russian Girl)
“Anatomy of a Murder” (Otto Preminger, 1959). Based on the novel by Robert Traver
“Exodus” (Otto Preminger, 1960). Based on the novel by Leon Uris. The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo.
“Advise & Consent” (Otto Preminger, 1962). Based on the Pulitzer Prize-
“Nine Hours to Rama” (Mark Robson, 1963). Based on the book by Stanley Wolpert.
“Bunny Lake Is Missing” (Otto Preminger, 1965). Based on the novel by Evelyn Piper
“The Shining” (Stanley Kubrick, 1980). Based on the Stephen King novel.